The Amazon jungle has been a real source of superfoods for thousands of years. If you’ve set your sights on supplying yourself with as many of them as you can, you shouldn’t miss these Sunfood organic wild Brazil nuts! They come from 500 year old trees that reach height of 50 meters and are classified as a power food that is a splendid picking for those following a vegan lifestyle and everybody else of course. The large crescent-shaped nuts are from the family of Lecythidaceae, of the genus: Bertholletia and have other names like cream-nut, para-nut and other. They are a powerful antioxidant and are rich in dietary fiber and protein. Typically found in trail or nut mixes, the Sunfood Brazil nuts are GMO free and have a rich creamy flavor, so you can trust their high quality without any second thoughts. All of their nutritional value and delicate enzymes are perfectly preserved because they are slowly and mildly dried at low temperature.
Health benefits of Brazil nuts:
Brazil nuts are particularly high in selenium, which is an essential mineral acting as a strong antioxidant. 100gr of these big nuts contain about 1.92mg of selenium which amounts to 3485% of recommended daily intake! That officially makes these super-nuts the richest selenium food source ever! Even a couple of nuts a day can cover the necessary intake. A selenium rich diet helps prevent cancer, coronary artery disease, liver cirrhosis and other diseases.
Brazil nuts are a very good source of vitamin E, as each 100gr of nuts contain around 7.87mg of it (nearly 52% of the recommended daily amount). Vitamin E also has antioxidant properties and is lipid soluble. It is important for the maintaining of the mucous membrane and the skin protection, as it shields the skin from bad oxygen-free radicals.
Brazil nuts are rich in calories that however come from beneficial mono-unsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid and palmitoleic acid that assist in increasing the “good cholesterol” (HDL) and decreasing the “bad cholesterol” (LDL). A monounsaturated fatty acid diet will tremendously lower the chance of developing a coronary artery disease and having a stroke by favoring a healthy blood lipid profile.
Moreover, the wholesome creamy nuts are a superb source of B complex vitamins such as Riboflavin (vitamin B2), Pyridoxine (vitamin B6), Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), Folic acid (vitamin B9), Niacin (vitamin B3) and Thiamin (vitamin B1). 100gr of Brazil nuts deliver 51% of the recommended daily value of vitamin B1. Each B vitamin helps our bodies with something, but it’s best when they’re combined. Together, they have a fundamental role in relieving stress, anxiety, depression and boosting the memory by indirectly increasing neurotransmitters like serotonin. The B complex vitamins are known for their ability to ease the Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) in women. Some of them help burn fats and glucose to produce energy, other stimulate the repair and production of new DNA cells. These nutrients can also lower the risk of heart problems.
Besides selenium, the nutritious nuts contain other minerals like magnesium, copper, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc and phosphorous as the latter is a crucial co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase.
Brazil nuts are gluten free and are one of the most used ingredients in the process of making gluten-free food formulas which are specially for people with celiac disease and wheat allergy.